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When Celebrated Directors Lose The Plot: Interesting Left Turns And Failures In An Auteur's Oeuvre

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 21, 2011 6:55 AM
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Even the greatest of auteurs in cinema generally take one or two big missteps in their careers, either early on -- as happened to a lot of the Easy Riders/Raging Bulls generation of American filmmakers, bringing their hirsute hubris down to earth with a bump -- or later, when poor judgement and a degree of fossilisation can cloud a director’s vision -- see Quentin Tarantino’s remarks, for example, about not wanting to be a "geriatric" filmmaker, making films deep into his old age because this is when filmmakers generally lose their mojo, or Steven Soderbergh’s early retirement plans, which he hopes will see him exit filmmaking at the top of his game.

Book Review: 'Shock Value' Is The Must-Read Film Book Of The Summer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 5, 2011 1:57 AM
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Much has been written about the film revolution that took place during the 1970’s – when the studio system crumbled in inconceivable ways and a brood of bold young filmmakers, most of them wily, many of them bearded, forever changed the landscape of the film industry. But far less has been written about the seismic shift in genre films during the same period. Thankfully, Jason Zinoman, a crack film writer for the New York Times (he did last weekend’s great John Carpenter profile), has come forward to present a compelling and well researched look at those films in “Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.”

Brian De Palma To Direct Remake Of Alain Corneau's 'Love Crime'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 2:42 AM
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It's been quite a while since we've had a film from Brian De Palma. His last effort was the poorly received Iraq war drama "Redacted" and while last year it seemed like things were in motion for him to film his long-gestating psychological thriller "Toyer" in the fall, it looks like the project never quite got off the ground. But it seems he's got another film on the horizon.

Criterion April Titles Announced: 'White Material,' 'Blow Out' & 'Kes' (Oh My!)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 15, 2011 5:26 AM
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'Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas,' 'Le Cercle Rouge' & 'Sweetie' Go BluYesterday, Criterion announced their stellar April line-up of DVDs and high-definition Blu-rays. We can't say there were too many surprises in the announcement, but they are all really, really great.

Criterion Clue: Brian DePalma's 'Blow Out' Coming To The Collection?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 5, 2010 6:20 AM
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The Evidence Is Too Great, Don't Bet Against ItSure, any and all speculation about what the Criterion "wacky" clues really mean are going to be aimless and hypothetical (and, as such, have just as likely a probability of being way off-base and wrong), but there are a few from the past that have called to us with their obviousness: the parrot that wore the "Che" T-shirt, for instance; the golden scarab from "Cronos" or the thin red lion standing in for Terrence Malick's "Thin Red Line."

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